For the past 19 years, the Livingston Kiwanis Karnival has become more than just a fundraising vehicle. It has become a symbol of the start of the summer for the surrounding community. On Saturday morning, May 12th, we will close the Karnival to the general public and open it to the members and families of the ARC of Essex County, the Horizon School and similar organizations in the area which care for the needs of disabled people. Barry Ross, who was a past President of Livingston Kiwanis, came up with the idea in 1998 during the Karnival, and it has been in place ever since. The club memorialized Barry upon his passing by naming ARC DAY in his memory.
The rides, games, and food are all free of charge to our ARC guests from 11am to 1pm. They arrive by car, van and private bus, eager to take part in a morning filled with anticipation, love and joy. Last year on a beautiful May morning more than 600 disable citizens and their families enjoyed our hospitality.
This day would not be possible without the hard work of the members and families of the Livingston Kiwanis Club. The cost of this day has been absorbed by the generosity of Regal Bank of New Jersey for the 9th year in a row. We thank the Bank officers and employees for their generosity in making this day available to these wonderful people.